Lincoln Electric is teamed up with several Ohio Boy Scout troops to provide a thorough, hands-on introduction to welding. Northern Ohio’s News Herald reported, “more than 100 Boy Scouts from across Ohio visited Lincoln Electric in Euclid on Saturday to try their hand at learning some basic welding skills and earn a welding merit badge.”
Scouts learned about basic welding safety, welding techniques, and welding
career options. The culmination of the welding day was a 3-D eagle welding
The New Herald reported, “Jason Scales, welding education specialist at Lincoln Electric, said students learned practical skills in welding, but officials also tried to help them connect the dots to other forms of education. ‘So what we’re trying to do is (figure out) how can we take welding education and touch and reach out to different formats and bring it all together and have a clear understanding and have some relevance for these kids.'”
Don’t have your welding merit badge yet? No worries. There are plenty of welding training programs popping up all over the nation in order to fill the latest welding job needs.
Mobile Training Program Puts Welders to Work in Florida: “The mobile skills training program, known as TechPoint, was established by the nonprofit Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
Across Florida, there are a lot of jobs in manufacturing and not enough workers with the skills to fill them. The program aims to close that gap, said Ted Astolfi, deputy director of the partnership.”
Could Bring Welding Jobs to Northern Florida: “Economic teams from Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties are hoping to lure part suppliers and jobs. The Greater Pensacola Chamber is working to grow existing companies that deal with airplane assembly. They are also working on attracting new companies by developing new marketing materials aimed directly at Airbus.”
Institute Launching Bigger Lab in Wisconsin: “The Welding Skills Institute is using a combined $80,000 it received from Jackson County and the Black River Falls School District to expand its BRF High School-based lab and, in turn, welcome more participants.
The initiative, started last year in an effort to fill a growing local need for skilled welders, will begin its first regular session May 13 with nearly double the number of participants it had in each of its two pilot sessions.”
Skills Are Taught at Mobile Community College: “Jefferson Davis Community College will continue to prepare students for manufacturing and technical jobs with employers like Airbus, which broke ground Monday on a facility in Mobile.
There are several courses offered at JDCC campuses in Brewton and Atmore where students can finish with a certificate they can show directly to an employer upon completion, said Al Bennett, director of Workforce Development at JDCC.”
Program Builds Careers in Illinois: “Ashlee Liphardt is discovering the spark for success. That’s because the junior at DeWitt Central High is finding a future in welding. ‘I’m actually really good at this,’ she said. ‘I could make good money, so why not do it?’
Competing Friday with 57 other high school students at Midwest Technical Institute in Moline, she seems to be on the right path. Welding needs more women.”
Conference: June 4-5, 2013 in Houston, TX.
“Some of the key subjects that will be covered include the intense interest in the welding of the high strength X80 pipe steels, the many orbital processes that are seeing the light of day in pipeline spreads and from offshore barges throughout the world.”
AWS Codes and
Standards Conference: July 16-17, 2013 in Orlando, FL.
“Technical standards are among the most valuable documents available to manufacturers and fabricators of welded products. This AWS conference will take a deep dive into AWS D1 structural codes, the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, API pipeline codes, and military and ISO standards. Designers, inspectors, and QC specialists will gain new insights and career-enhancing knowledge.”
Welding Gone Wrong
House Fire Caused by Welding Accident: “Owner Henry Green was welding in a rear enclosed porch about 5:30 p.m. when the house caught fire. The flames from 616 Hawley Avenue reached 10 to 20 feet high before firefighters could contain the blaze, said John King, a neighbor whose sister, Maryann Green, co-owns the house with her husband.”
Spark from Welder Causes Home Fire: “WATERLOO, Iowa – A Waterloo Battalion Chief says stray sparks from a welding torch started a late night basement fire. It happened just before 10 p.m. at 511 Cutler Street in Waterloo. Battalion Chief Michael Moore says the fire started when a spark from a welding torch ignited some nearby cardboard.”